11 die, 44 injured in Ogun multiple accidents

Abdulqudus Ogundapo

Eleven persons were confirmed dead, while 44 others sustained various degree of injuries in eight road accidents that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos – Abeokuta expressway respectively.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the Director, Traffic Planning, Research and Statistics of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Ajayi Babatunde said, the accidents occurred between April 4th to May 8th.

Babatunde disclosed that most of the accidents were caused by over speeding.

The TRACE director explained that, the accidents involved 15 private cars, 11 private buses, 18 commercial cars, 2 motorcycles, 12 commercial buses, 4 medium trucks and 5 heavy trucks. 

Babatunde disclosed that, the corps has apprehended 345 road traffic offenders across the state during the lockdown period.

He vowed that, the offenders of road traffic in the state will not go unpunished.

Babatunde however appealed to road users to obey traffic rules and the lockdown directives of the state government.

He said “Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, has apprehended 345 road traffic offenders throughout the state during the ongoing Covid ’19 Lockdown ordered by the Federal and Ogun State Governments. 77 motor vehicles and 268 motorcycles were apprehended for various offences including disobedience to stay at home order, overloading of vehicles and motorcycles, excessive speed, dangerous driving, driving against traffic, non-usage of seat belt and crash helmets, calling and texting while driving and so on.

“The Officers and Men of TRACE Corps also turned back a total of 972 vehicles at various border towns in Ogun State during the ongoing lockdown.

“Furthermore, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, recorded during this period, a total number of 41 road traffic crashes involving 15 private cars, 11 private buses, 18 commercial cars, 2 motorcycles, 12 commercial buses, 4 medium trucks and 5 heavy trucks. Out of the reported 41 cases, 8 of them were fatal crashes, 20 serious crashes while the remaining 13 were minor crashes. 

During the period 212 persons were involved in road traffic crashes, out of which 44 persons (30 males, 14 females) sustained various degrees of injuries, 11persons(10adult males, 1 female child) killed and 157 persons were rescued unhurt due to prompt response to 26 emergency calls received by TRACE Corps.

“46.31% of the road traffic crashes was caused by Excessive speed, 24.40% by Dangerous driving, 8.64% by Bad tyres, 7.28% by Driving Against Traffic and 13.37% by other causes. 

“The above report was witnessed by TRACE Corps in areas covered only.

Our resolve to reduce deaths and injuries on all roads in Ogun State is being pursued vigorously and relentlessly such that no traffic offender shall go unpunished. 

“TRACE Corps Commander/CEO appreciates the unflinching support of the Traffic Whistle Blowers throughout the State for their ever prompt information whenever there is any crash on our roads.

“TRACE Corps is hereby appealing to the motoring public to obey all traffic rules as well as stay at home order and remember that safety is the responsibility of all road users”.

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